Já faz um certo tempo que o Astra tem a opção de ser equipado com um teto panorâmico lá na Europa. Para ajudar a popularizar o equipamento, a Vauxhall, subsidiária inglesa da General Motors, lançou esta semana uma versão especial do Astra, o Astra GTC, que conta com rodas aro 18, faróis de neblima, controle de tração e bancos esportivos.
Apenas 500 peças serão fabricadas, ao preço de 15.995 libras.
O teto e parabrisa panorâmicos são feitos de vidro que absorve calor, não deixando o interior se esquentar muito (como se isso fosse necessário na Inglaterra).
O sentimento de abertura da cabine é muito maior do que um simples teto solar. E eu que gosto tanto do teto do meu carro….. queria um desses aí pra mim, rs.
Nos dias que estiverem muito quentes, uma espécie de cortina pode ser puxada acima dos passageiros.
Assim que as 500 unidades forem vendidas, o teto panorâmico estará disponível novamente como opcional por cerca de 850 libras, ou 3.500 reais.
Veja o press-release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TOP-GLASS ASTRA MAKES SPARKLING SPECIAL EDITION DEBUT
- Astra now available with Panoramic windscreen
- GTC launch model offers exceptional value
- £850 option on all other Sport Hatch models
Astra Sport Hatch is now available with a Panoramic windscreen, and to celebrate this innovative new arrival Vauxhall has come up with a stunning special edition that shows off the stylish design and driving excitement for which the manufacturer has become renowned.
And it’s not just the roof that’s clearly cool – for the first 500 customers, the newcomer is being offered as a strictly limited edition at an even cooler price.
At just £15,995, the 1.8-litre only GTC costs £5 less than the standard Astra Sport Hatch 1.8 SRi on which it’s based, yet comes with over £1,100 worth of options. As well as the striking Panoramic windscreen, the special model, of which only 500 will be built, features 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and unique GTC badges, while equipment highlights include air conditioning, sports seats, ESPPlus, a trip computer and front fog lights.
But it’s the Panoramic windscreen that’s bound to be the talk of your neighbourhood. Described by The Sun as “strikingly good looking”, the heat-absorbing glass cuts right back across the roof leaving a clear, uninterrupted view out of the car. An electric blind can be slid forward should you crave some more shade.
The feature gives an unusual yet stimulating driving experience, and a feeling of freedom from behind the wheel – one that Auto Express summed up as follows: “Words and photos cannot do it justice – it’s as if someone has removed a blindfold you never even knew was there!”
GTC launch models will be available in three colours – Flame Red, Black Sapphire and Star Silver. All GTCs will be powered by Astra Sport Hatch’s 1.8-litre 125PS powerplant, giving a 0-60mph time of 10.0 seconds and a top speed of 124mph, along with a combined fuel economy figure of 35.8mpg.
After the initial run of GTC models, the Panoramic roof will be available as an £850 option across the Astra Sport Hatch range.